Bin Hang, owner of BC Kitchen & Bath (3939 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie; 504-338-6227; www.bckitchenbath.com) believes the kitchen is the heart of the home. The kitchen business helps Hang keep in touch with relatives overseas.
Originally from Shanghai, China, Hang settled in New Orleans 15 years ago. After attending the University of New Orleans, she opened BC Kitchen & Bath in 2007. The company does much of its manufacturing in China. Hang says international family ties and business contacts make it an affordable option for high-end finishes.
"We can offer good prices because I have my family contacts in China," Hang says. "Every night I'm on the phone with my relatives in China talking business and putting in orders."
BC Kitchen & Bath has a compact showroom with several displays of kitchen cabinets and countertops, as well as bathroom vanities. The showroom walls are lined with samples of granite, quartz and marble for countertops.
A 20,000-square-foot warehouse in St. Rose, where many of its custom cabinets are built, stocks an ample supply of quartz, marble and granite for countertops in various sizes and colors. This ensures a quick turnaround time: most orders are delivered in less than a week.
Hang's business partner Meng Sung is a designer who can help customers plan their kitchen layout. Sung visits customers' homes and takes measurements to ensure cabinets and countertops will work in the space. She also keeps customers abreast of current trends.
"Today we're selling a lot of Shaker-style cabinets in white, which is a more modern, clean style, and quartz countertops, which work in almost any home," Hang says. "Quartz is a great option for kitchens today because it looks clean and modern and is easy to care for." Cabinets in maple, espresso or gray finishes also are popular choices.
BC Kitchen & Bath serves a mix of residential customers and contractors. Many customers have their own carpenters or contractors install cabinetry, but Hang also has four crews of contractors she can call on in a moment's notice if a customer needs installation right away.
"People take their time and shop around, but they come back here because our prices are good, our quality is good and we can get the job done quickly," Hang says.